It seems for me, that any trip which involves adventure in the outdoors is a sure way to find creative inspiration. A recent 5 day backcountry trip in the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness with my husband was no exception. This was a much needed trip away from life schedules and instead following the rhythm of the wild. I always enjoy the transformation within that happens as days on the trail accumulate. Worries, noise, faces, voices, songs that fill my mind start to slowly fade and are replaced with the beat of crickets, rush of streaming water, and call of loons. Clarity is heightened, beauty is greater appreciated, and it is in the wilderness that my path becomes clearest.
Printmaking seems to be an art form that most people don’t know too much about, if anything at all. It can be quite labor intensive, but is a beautiful way to create a piece mulitple times while still maintaining its fine art quality. There are many different forms and methods one can create a print by; etching, woodcut, intaglio, aquatint, engraving, monotype, linocut, mezzotint, silkscreen, lithography…….you get the picture. I have worked in several of these genres but am curently focused on linocut printmaking. Follow my picture sequence below to see what is involved in the process of creating a linocut.
I start with a lino block and use a carving tool to carve my image out of the “blank canvas”. (in some cases I carve several blocks to create multiple color layers and dimension).